Pos­i­tive Sen­ti­ment Per­vades JAS 18

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Jewellers As­so­ci­a­tion Show (JAS), a pop­u­lar busi­ness­cum-con­sumer trade fair or­gan­ised an­nu­ally by the Jewellers As­so­ci­a­tion, Jaipur, was held from Au­gust 31st to Septem­ber 3rd, 2018, at the Jaipur Ex­hi­bi­tion & Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Si­ta­pura, an in­dus­trial zone. The four-day event wit­nessed a steady flow of foot traf­fic that gen­er­ated strong sales, with more than 5,000 trade buy­ers and 25,000 con­sumers from across the globe at­tend­ing the show.

JAS 2018 housed more than 450 booths, of which 250 show­cased gems and jew­ellery, 150 booths dis­played rough gem­stones, and the rest were re­lated to al­lied ser­vices, pub­li­ca­tions, and jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ing ma­chin­ery and tools.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony, chief guest C.R. Chaud­hary, the union min­is­ter of state for com­merce and in­dus­try, as­sured trade mem­bers that the is­sue of the In­te­grated Goods and Ser­vices Tax (IGST) levied on re-im­port of jew­ellery would be set­tled in the next GST Coun­cil meet­ing. He also promised to ad­dress, in con­sul­ta­tion with the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, the age-old de­mand of Jaipur jewellers for set­ting up a gem bourse.

Chaud­hary praised the gems and jew­ellery in­dus­try for its con­tri­bu­tion of 7% to the coun­try’s GDP. While prais­ing the or­gan­is­ers of JAS, he said that Jaipur has made a mark as the gem­stone cap­i­tal and such shows will cre­ate a dis­tinct iden­tity for the pink city at the in­ter­na­tional level.

Also present at the open­ing cer­e­mony were Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Ram­cha­ran Bohra, Jaipur Mem­ber of Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly Mo­han Lal Gupta, Jaipur mayor Ashok La­hoty and Gem & Jew­ellery Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (GJEPC) chair­man Pramod Agrawal.

The theme of the show ‘Mines to Jew­ellery’ was de­picted through live demon­stra­tions of a gem­stone’s jour­ney from rough to pol­ished to fi­nally be­ing set in jew­ellery, by trained ar­ti­sans.

Dur­ing the event, Jewellers As­so­ci­a­tion, Jaipur, launched an app which is aimed at con­nect­ing buy­ers and sell­ers of gems and jew­ellery. The or­gan­is­ers also awarded cash prizes, cer­tifi­cates and tro­phies to win­ners of a pan-In­dia jew­ellery com­pe­ti­tion spon­sored by the Ge­mo­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of Amer­ica (GIA).

On the side­lines, JAS 18 held sem­i­nars on a range of top­ics, in­clud­ing brand build­ing, blog­ging, gem­stone treat­ments, and the IGST levied on re-im­port of jew­ellery.

Ra­jasthan in­dus­try min­is­ter Ra­j­pal Singh Shekhawat, the chief guest for the clos­ing cer­e­mony,

gave away awards for the best booths un­der two cat­e­gories – gem­stone and jew­ellery. In the gem­stone cat­e­gory, the first prize went to Nak­sha­tra, the sec­ond to Ansh Jew­els, the third to Multi Gems Cre­ations, and the con­so­la­tion prize was given to Shree­jee Jewellers. In the jew­ellery cat­e­gory, the first prize went to Ramb­hajo, sec­ond to Golecha, third to Shree­jee Jewellers, and the con­so­la­tion prize to Pa­rina Jew­els.

There was a daily re­fer­ral draw on all the four days, be­sides the mega draw on the last day. The re­fer­ral draws were spon­sored by Kis­han Agrawal, Ramb­hajo Jewellers, Ashok Ma­hesh­wari and Ram­das Ashok Ku­mar No­val, who of­fered jew­ellery worth R50,000 each to the win­ners. The mega draw of­fer­ing jew­ellery worth R1 lakh was spon­sored by Nawlakha Jewellers.

The or­gan­is­ers in­formed that the next edi­tion of JAS will be held from April 6th-9th, 2019, at the same venue.

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